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VanDusen Gardens glows for Festival of Lights 2018

With the holiday season in high gear, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver are decked out in millions of Christmas lights for another year of the Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 6th, 2019. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.

Festival of Lights returns to VanDusen Botanical Gardens for 2017

It’s that time of year when the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens transforms into dazzling display of colourful lights just in time for Christmas.

Thousands of Christmas lights are strung along the garden’s many trees and bushes that brighten up the winding paths. There’s also live music and food trucks serving warm drinks and snacks, a carousel, musical instruments and more.

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 7th, 2018. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival for 2017 this Saturday

The 55 foot tree illuminates the plaza in 2016.

The 55 foot tree illuminates the plaza in 2016.

The annual tradition of illuminating Surrey’s largest Christmas tree returns Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at Surrey City Hall Plaza.

Enjoy live music, food trucks, a holiday market, fair rides and even a zip-line at this family-friendly event. Performances from over 20 different artists including Juno-winning artist Ruth B., alternative rock band Daysormay, and jazz-soul artist Krystle Dos Santos will take the stage next to choirs and other local acts. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand with the city’s mayor and council to partake in the entertainment.

There’s no admission to watch the 55 foot (16.7 metre) tall tree when it’s lit at 6:30 pm. The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 7:00 pm. Take transit for easy access to the venue, which is a short walk from the Surrey Central Expo Line station.

VanDusen Gardens glows for Festival of Lights 2016

Once again, the lovely VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver is beautifully decorated as part of their annual Festival of Lights.

Thousands upon thousands of colourful bulbs wind along the trees and flower beds to create stunning Christmas displays. The snow left over from the storms earlier in the week made for an even more magical experience.

Additional photos from Saturday evening’s walk are online in Gallery.

The Festival of Lights is on until Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Tickets are available online or in person at the gardens.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens brightens up those dark winter evenings!

One of the more impressive displays of Christmas lights has been strung up around the VanDusen Botanical Gardens for the Festival of Lights. Over a million lights have been placed to bring joy and wonder to the gardens with activities the whole family can enjoy.

A break in the stormy weather that rolled over Metro Vancouver during the last week offered somewhat dry, yet windy opportunity to make my first visit to the Festival of Lights. Although I’ve been in VanDusen before, seeing it transformed with the brilliant displays after dark is just that more magical. Of course, I had my camera with me and many of the pictures I took are available on Gallery.

The Festival of Lights runs until December 31st, 2015. Tickets can be purchased in person or in advance online through the VanDusen Botanical Gardens web site. Tickets purchased are also good for Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lights ring the pond and fountain A water wheel at work bathed in blue lights Cleverly recycled plastic bottles make beautiful tulip lamps
Lighting the way You're a mean one, Mr Grinch... Floating disco balls reflect the light in a unique decoration

Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns November 26

Santa's reindeer are ready for Bright Nights in Stanley Park!

Santa’s reindeer are ready for Bright Nights in Stanley Park!

Light up those dark evenings with Bright Nights in Stanley Park! Opening Thursday, November 26th, some three million colourful Christmas lights will be strung up around the Stanley Park Train Plaza for everyone to enjoy.

The Stanley Park train will be decorated in a Christmas theme with live performers alongside the tracks. While the displays in the plaza are free (a donation is recommended), tickets are required to ride the miniature railway. As it is a popular destination, advance tickets are advised. Donations and portions of the ticket proceeds go towards the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs until Saturday, January 2nd, 2016. Tickets for the Miniature Train and schedules can be found on the City of Vancouver web site.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2014

Jolly ol' Saint Nick at Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

Jolly ol’ Saint Nick at Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

Now that the Christmas season is upon us, Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns to turn those dark December evenings into a magical display of colour and fun.

Some three million lights have been strung up by volunteers in the plaza outside of the Miniature Train and Klahowya Village. While the festive displays are free, donations are welcome and support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank  and BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. A separate admission fee is required to ride the Miniature Train.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs until January 4th, 2015. Tickets for the Miniature Train and schedules can be found on the City of Vancouver web site.

Can’t make it out? You can enjoy the photos of the lights posted on Gallery.

An evening at Bright Nights in Stanley Park

With the days getting shorter, I took the opportunity with a friend of mine to go down and enjoy the colourful displays setup in Stanley Park. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is a yearly tradition of firefighters taking the time to create a wonderful and brilliant way to bring the community into the Christmas spirit and collect some donations for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

It’s a great way to spend the night with a cup of hot chocolate (or organic popcorn) under thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights. Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs until January 5th, 2014.

Jolly ol' Saint Nick So many lights! Everyone's out enjoying the lights!

View the rest of the lights on Gallery.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns for 2013

Polar bears on a field of glowing blue snow in 2012

Polar bears on a field of glowing blue snow in 2012

Lighten up the dark December nights with Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Millions of brilliant Christmas lights will be strung up in the plaza outside the Stanley Park Train from December 5th, 2013 through to January 5th, 2014.

For the last 14 years, Bright Nights in Stanley Park has made twinkling displays of traditional Christmas trees, ornaments and themes into a fun event for all ages. You can view pictures from previous years on Gallery.

Entry to Bright Nights in Stanley Park is by donation which benefits the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. The Miniature Train requires separate admission and tickets sell out quickly. For hours and prices, visit the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park web site.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Looking for a brilliant show of Christmas lights to illuminate this dark month? Why not take a stroll among the two million lights at Bright Nights in Stanley Park? Colourful trees, displays and decorations line winding paths near the Miniature Train in the park. While the entry to Bright Nights is by donation, admission is required to ride the train. Be sure to come early and dress warmly as the train is really popular and there’s always a line-up waiting to board.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park is open nightly from 3:00 pm PST to 10:00 pm PST Sunday through Thursday, and from 3:00 pm PST until 11:00 pm PST Fridays and Saturdays, excluding Christmas Day. The luminary display runs until January 1st, 2013. Donations benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund.

Polar Bear Jolly ol' St. Nick Brilliant trees
Polar bears and penguins Reindeers Head elf from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A complete collection of the displays can be found on Gallery.

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